Media Release / NBL1 / Waratah League / Wheelchair
Written by Jaylee Ismay
27 October, 2021

After another turbulent year, Basketball NSW is excited to share with the basketball community plans for our senior competitions in 2022 which will help increase inclusivity and provide consistency of opportunities state-wide across a number of our leagues and divisions.

Spalding Waratah League

With BNSW transitioning into NBL1 East as the top tier of Senior competition in the State, the top tier of the Waratah League will now be called Waratah Men and Waratah Women (formerly Waratah 2) and this will be accompanied by the Waratah 1 Youth Men, Waratah 1 Youth Women & Waratah 2 Youth Men. 

BNSW’s aim is to see each of these competitions grow over the next few years and have associations return to the Waratah League in order for more divisions to eventually be added, giving more opportunities for people to play, coach & referee. 

The first game of the Spalding Waratah League will start on March 26th. 

NBL1 East

As previously announced, NBL1 East is set to tip-off on April 2nd, 2022, with 12 Men’s and 12 Women’s teams set to compete in the competition. 

For full details of the implementation of NBL1 East CLICK HERE.

Spalding Waratah Wheelchair League

They say third time lucky and this is what BNSW are hoping for when we once again aim to implement a Wheelchair division into the Spalding Waratah League which will tip off on July 9th. 

BNSW will be running this league with the assistance of Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT. 

The Wheelchair division will see eight mixed teams compete at four central venue rounds throughout July and August. 

If you wish to be involved in the inaugural season of our Spalding Waratah Wheelchair League, please keep an eye out for expressions of interest for both players and coaches in the new year. 

CLICK HERE to be directed to the Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT website for more information.


All divisions participating in the Spalding Waratah League & Coles Express NBL1 East, will have their seasons wrap up on August 27th & 28th at the annual Senior League Finals Weekend. A venue will be announced at a later date so stay tuned for a further update.

Basketball NSW, Senior Manager for Competitions & Leagues, Chanelle Bailey said she and her team are very eager to begin the 2022 Senior Competitions.  

“After another season of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, we are positive that the 2022 Spalding Waratah Leagues will go ahead as a full season unlike the past two years,”said Bailey.

‘With Basketball NSW joining the NBL1 family, we will be competing as NBL1 East which will excite fans and basketball enthusiasts as the best athletes across the state will be showcased, week in and week out. This will headline our Spalding Waratah Senior Leagues which will host our other divisions across NSW as per usual.” 

“In 2022, we are also excited to host the inaugural Wheelchair League that will feature a number of our associations and we will be working closely with Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT to deliver a competitive tournament.”

All BNSW events will be operating under COVID-19 safety guidelines and will be subject to Government advice.

To keep across all things NBL1 East please CLICK HERE.
For more information about the Spalding Waratah League CLICK HERE.